Monday, June 5, 2017

Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom

Director - Andreas Schnaas (Goblet of Gore, Demonium)
Starring - Andreas Schnaas, Marc Trinkhaus (Game Over, Unrated: The Movie), Steve Aquilina (Violent Shit, Violent Shit: The Movie)
Release Date - 1999
Genre - Horror
Tagline - "The army of the dead shall devour the living..."
Format - DVD (Personal Collection) (Screener)

Rating (out of 5):

     The show must go on!  After watching the first two films in the Violent Shit series I did not have much hope for the remainder of the series.  The first two films were great with the gore but did not deliver much in the way of story and acting.  I love gore but a film of just gore with no other redeeming qualities is boring as fuck.  I kept the notion that the series got better as it moved along at the front of my mind and ventured into the third film, Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom.  I feel like a great opportunity was missed by not naming the film Violent Shit III: Infantry of Shit but I don't get paid to make those kind of decisions.
     The film picks up many years after Violent Shit and Violent Shit II.  We follow Karl and Karl Jr, who are now inhabitants of an island where they rule a death cult.  Their followers wear the metal masks that they both made famous and kill anyone that comes ashore their death island.  When three men mistakenly visit the island they are captured and then released with some of the men that are excommunicated.  They band together to find Karl, Karl Jr., and their followers.
     I was not expecting to like Violent Shit III.  I honestly wasn't.  However, the film was not as I expected and actually had a story we could follow.  It was a very simple story but it was still fun regardless of how you slice it.  The acting in this one is a huge improvement over the first two films but is still far from perfect.  The cast is able to conjure up some pretty solid characters including Schnaas who was unable to do so in the previous two films.  The acting is a huge improvement and I would think that this is because Schnaas put more time into actually directing the cast instead of letting them run wild.  The story for this one is not one I was expecting after watching the other two films.  This story is a lot broader in scope.  We have an evil mastermind who is now training his followers to kill in brutal and savage ways.  This brings a bigger element to the story that the first film lacked.  It still had a slow pace and some of the scenes were a pain to finish but the overall story was leagues better than the first.  I really enjoyed the cult aspect of it which really made Karl seem like he was more of an evil character than the first two films portrayed.  Finally, this film would not be in the Violent Shit series if it did not deliver on the blood and gore.   The kills are not direct and brutal as the first two films but they still deliver on the blood and gore.  Sadly, the effects are nowhere near as good as the first two films either.  Overall, Violent Shit III: Infantry of Doom took a step up in regards to acting and storyline but did step back in regards to the kills and special effects.  The end product is definitely worth the watch and should be checked out.  

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